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Can't Close... my IBM thinkpad A31 is unable to close. The 'teeth,' if that's what you call it, where is locks in the base of the laptop is unable to grab onto and thus close completely! is it possible to fix it and is it worth it?! Cheers Katherine

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  • Nurse Kat Apr 29, 2008

    HI..thanks for replying but its not the teeth itself but inside the base of the laptop where the teeth fin in that has been actually broken!
    So do you think its still being able to fix it?

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Hiya. It is possible to fix so long as it is not caused by the laptop warping slightly. If it's the teeth that have broken then you need to replace that part - it's not particularly easy to do tho and normally means taking the screen plastics off. Any computer shop could do this - at a price. Alternatively you could buy the part from Ebay and do it yourself for less than £10. It's a matter of removing all the screws on the front of the screen (often hidden under black covers). Splitting the front from the back casing - carefully because it is easy to crack the thin plastic, and watch that nothing slips out of place (you want to see how it comes off so you can put it back on the same way). The clip may just sit there or could be screwed in position. Replace the part and reverse the order to get everything back. Lots of fiddly work and not worth the trouble unless it is really being a nuisance.

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    Jenny May 05, 2008

    It is still fixable but how easy all depends on the actual type of fitting. I'm pretty sure it will involve even more screws (some could be very well hidden) than a top catch and seperating the top from the bottom of the base. It could be the springs (if that is the type) need replaced. Unfortunately there are too many variations to give much advice but any parts will normally be readily available on Ebay.

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